AFC Leopards coach Eymael gutted at Onyino’s resignation

The Belgian tactician terms as terrible news the untimely resignation of the vice-chairman since 'he was the only official accessible to the technical bench'

By Dennis Mabuka

AFC Leopards coach Luc Eymael has been gutted by the unceremonious resignation of the club’s vice-chairman Walter Onyino.

As exclusively revealed by Goal, Onyino quit on Saturday after the club’s resounding 3-0 win over Sofapaka at City Stadium due to the Zuku/ Ingwe TV deal.

Reacting to the news, the Belgian said he was disappointed with Onyino’s decision to quit because 'he was the only official who was easily accessible to the technical bench.’

“It is very disappointing that Onyino is gone. We are in big problems…terrible news indeed. As we speak, the EC is yet to finalize our move to train at Hillcrest playing grounds.

“Where they (EC) want the team to train is unacceptable. The pitch is too hard and dangerous and we don’t want to lose players to injuries. The team has started to perform better and that was evident against Sofapaka.

“We now have money issues because we are yet to complete the signing of two more players – Michel Loua from Guinea and winger Damien Traore (Burkina Faso U-20) – I simply don’t understand when this will be done.

“We have only one week before the transfer window shuts door and as a technical bench we are not sure whether the two deals will be completed by then.”

Eymael maintained his stand that he was committed to working at AFC Leopards’ but for as long as the club’s matters are handled professionally.

He confirmed to Goal that he recently turned down another offer to coach South African side Black Leopards’ because “I want to complete my targets at AFC Leopards.’

“I have offers from Kuwait and Ecuador and now Black Leopards of South Africa. I am a professional and want to see out my contract at AFC Leopards.

“But if things don’t improve for the better…then I will simply buy out my contract at USD5, 000 and quit the club. The club officials understands that I have the right to buy out my contract.”